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AFP: France's Macron warns against 'escalation of tensions' over N.Korea

AFP: France's Macron warns against 'escalation of tensions' over N.Korea

12 August 2017 | 14:45 | FOCUS News Agency
Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday warned against an "escalation of tensions" over North Korea amid a growing war of words between Washington and Pyongyang, AFP reported.
In a statement, Macron voiced his "concern at the ballistic and nuclear threat coming from North Korea", saying the international community needed to work to get Pyongyang "resume the path of dialogue without conditions".
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Reuters: North Korea says nearly 3.5 million volunteer for People's Army as tensions rise

Reuters: North Korea says nearly 3.5 million volunteer for People's Army as tensions rise

12 August 2017 | 11:47 | FOCUS News Agency
Pyongyang. North Korea said on Saturday that nearly 3.5 million workers, party members and soldiers volunteered to join or rejoin its army to resist new U.N. sanctions and to fight against the United States in the current geopolitical tension between Pyongyang and Washington, Reuers reported.
Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, said the volunteers had offered to join or rejoin the People's Army after the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement on Monday condemning new sanctions imposed by the United Nations in retaliation for North Korean missile tests.
Earlier this week, nuclear-armed North Korea threatened to strike the United States and its Pacific territory of Guam.
KCNA said on Wednesday a mass rally was held in Pyongyang to support the government. North Korea has previously mobilized large crowds to show its resolve when tensions escalate.
In August 2015, 1 million North Koreans offered to enlist or re-enlist in the army when a mine exploded in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, raising additional tensions.
North Korea warned foreign diplomats to leave Pyongyang in 2013 when it suspended work at a joint inter-Korean industrial park and threatened missile strikes on U.S. Pacific bases, notably in Guam and Hawaii.
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The White House: US forces 'ready' to protect Guam against N. Korea

The White House: US forces 'ready' to protect Guam against N. Korea

12 August 2017 | 08:34 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. US military forces "stand ready" to safeguard Guam after after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles toward the American Pacific island territory, the White House said early Saturday, AFP reported.
During a call with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, President Donald Trump "reassured" him that "United States forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America," a statement read.
It said White House Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke with Calvo separately during an earlier call.

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The Hill: Trump on North Korea: 'Hopefully it will all work out'

The Hill: Trump on North Korea: 'Hopefully it will all work out'

12 August 2017 | 02:07 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. President Trump on Friday sought to calm frayed nerves over his war of words with North Korea, saying “hopefully it will all work out,” writes The Hill.
Trump spoke after meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at his New Jersey golf club.
The president said he wants a peaceful solution to the nuclear standoff with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
He said he would be speaking Friday night with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss the situation.
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AFP: NKorea's Kim will 'regret' any move against Guam: Trump

AFP: NKorea's Kim will 'regret' any move against Guam: Trump

11 August 2017 | 23:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. President Donald Trump on Friday warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un not to take any action against the US, its territories including Guam or its allies, warning he would regret such a move -- and "regret it fast," reported AFP.
Trump said Washington was looking "very carefully" at its military options, and that he hoped Kim had taken his words to heart in recent days -- just this morning, Trump said America's military was "locked and loaded."
North Korea has said it is readying plans to launch missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.
"I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity of what I said, and what I said is what I mean," Trump told reporters.
"If he does anything with respect to Guam or anyplace else that's an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast."
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